Man goes on shopping spree, no money down

Man goes on shopping spree, no money down

UPDATED: Authorities have released photographs of a suspect wanting in connection with a supermarket burglary late last month.

The images were captured on the East Monroe Avenue Giant Food Store surveillance cameras between 9:45 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. September 27. Anyone with information regarding the suspect is urged to contact Det. Julie Goble at 703-838-4082 or the Crime Solvers tip line 703-838-4858.

Our original story follows below:

An unidentified man went on an unpaid shopping spree at a local supermarket after hiding in a storage room until the store closed. 

Surveillance cameras caught the suspect, a black man, walking through the empty Giant Supermarket store in 400 block of East Monroe Ave., filling his backpack with groceries around midnight on September 27. He later left using a back door, police said. 

An interior alarm was set off, but the company did not call authorities, said department spokesman Jody Donaldson. A manager noticed the thefts the next morning. He reviewed the tape after learning the alarm had gone off in the night, Donaldson said. 

Police described the suspect as 5-foot-10, 160 to 190 pounds, with short hair, light complexion and a full beard. He wore blue jeans and a green jacket, authorities said.